16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

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16 days in Tasmania Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Hobart
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Port Arthur
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Coles Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Ulverstone
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Launceston
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Hobart

Hobart ©
Snaking up the side of a rounded, tree-dotted hill, Hobart sits between Tasmania’s sprawling mountains and the vast estuary of the River Derwent.
Hobart is known for nature, shopping, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, take an in-depth tour of Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and see the interesting displays at Mawson's Hut Replica Museum.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Hobart using our trip planner.

Sydney to Hobart is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, ferry, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Sydney in May, things will get slightly colder in Hobart: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Port Arthur.

Things to do in Hobart

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Richmond, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, Moonah Arts Centre
Highlights from your plan
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Wellington ©
Mount Wellington
Salamanca Market ©
Salamanca Market

3
nights
Port Arthur

Port Arthur ©
Surrounded by shark-infested waters and connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus of land, Port Arthur ranks among Australia's top historical sites and heritage areas.
Port Arthur is known for historic sites, trails, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the galleries of Port Arthur Historic Site, pause for some photo ops at Dog Line, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Maria Island National Park, and hike along Three Capes Track.

For other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Port Arthur online travel planner .

Drive from Hobart to Port Arthur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Port Arthur can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Coles Bay.

Things to do in Port Arthur

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Eaglehawk Neck, Maria Island National Park
Highlights from your plan
Port Arthur Historic Site ©
Port Arthur Historic Site
Maria Island National Park ©
Maria Island National Park
Three Capes Track ©
Three Capes Track

3
nights
Coles Bay

Coles Bay ©
Overlooking one of Tasmania's most scenic strips of coastline and serving as the gateway to Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay is home to just 500 permanent residents.
Venture out of the city with trips to East Coast Natureworld (in Bicheno) and Melshell Oyster Shack (in Dolphin Sands). There's lots more to do: trek along Wineglass Bay Lookout, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, make a trip to Mt Amos Climb, and explore the striking landscape of Freycinet National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Coles Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Port Arthur to Coles Bay in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel to Ulverstone.

Things to do in Coles Bay

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Bicheno, Melshell Oyster Shack
Highlights from your plan
Melshell Oyster Shack ©
Melshell Oyster Shack
Freycinet National Park ©
Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay Lookout ©
Wineglass Bay Lookout

3
nights
Ulverstone

Ulverstone ©
Ulverstone is a town on the northern coast of Tasmania, Australia on the mouth of the Leven River, on Bass Strait. Venture out of the city with trips to Mosaic Pathway (in Sheffield) and Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park (Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls, Dove Lake Circuit, &more). There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Vietnam Veterans Memorial Avenue.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Ulverstone trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Coles Bay to Ulverstone takes 3 hours. In May in Ulverstone, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Launceston.

Things to do in Ulverstone

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Mosaic Pathway, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Avenue
Highlights from your plan
Marion's Lookout Walk ©
Marion's Lookout Walk
Dove Lake Circuit
Dove Lake Circuit
Cradle Mountain ©
Cradle Mountain

3
nights
Launceston

Launceston ©
Lying in the Tamar Valley and surrounded by forested hills, the grid-patterned city of Launceston boasts shaded avenues, vibrant street life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Change things up with these side-trips from Launceston: Beauty Point (Seahorse World & Platypus House), Loira Vines (in Sidmouth) and Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre (in Beaconsfield). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Cataract Gorge Reserve, admire the masterpieces at Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery, contemplate the long history of Woolmers Estate, and stroll around City Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Launceston trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Ulverstone to Launceston takes 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Launceston can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Launceston

Parks Tours Museums

Side Trips

Beauty Point, Woolmers Estate, Loira Vines, Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre
Highlights from your plan
Cataract Gorge Reserve ©
Cataract Gorge Reserve
City Park ©
City Park
Wine Tours & Tastings

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